walk in the word
The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12, nkjv).
I’ve never been in a sword fight and I don’t expect to be. But if I ever were, I’d want my sword to be the sharpest one in the match, wouldn’t you? I mean, swords in battle are meant to be sharp. That’s basically the whole “point,” right? It’s also why this biblical “two-edged sword” metaphor works as well as it does, because God’s Word is so sharp that it never fails to cut to the heart of the matter.God’s Word is so sharp that it never fails to cut to the heart of the matter. Click To Tweet
You’ve probably noticed that. Haven’t you had one of those experiences—whether you were sitting in a small group Bible study, or hearing the Scripture taught in a public setting—where you wondered how the messenger knew exactly what was going on in your life? But here’s the reality: they didn’t know. That’s the living, active Word of God in operation, “piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow”—a physical analogy that illustrates a spiritual truth.
And here’s why this quality of the Bible is so absolutely vital in our lives.
Most of us are dealing with fruit problems rather than root problems. We don’t like digging deep down inside, where the real sources of our problems lie—exposing our true selves, being convicted of sin, receiving what’s truly needed to motivate us to change. So without the Word in action, we’re left managing life unproductively on a fruit level instead of more effectively on a root level. And as long as we stay there on the surface, avoiding the “sword,” it just means another failing crop will always grow up to replace the one we picked off.
Take substance abuse, for example, or any addictive behavior. That’s a fruit problem. The root problem is the emptiness that’s inevitably created by attempting to live without God at the center. Only the truth of God’s Word can help expose that.
Or consider poor financial habits, such as maxed-out credit cards. That’s a fruit problem. The root problem is idolatry, thinking that something material or experiential can satisfy you in a way that only a surrendered life to the Lord actually can.
Think about conflict, whether in your marriage, your workplace, or anywhere else. That’s a fruit problem. The root problem may reside in any number of underlying areas, such as anger, hurt, selfishness, bitterness, pride, unforgiveness, rebellion, etc.
See the difference?
If you wonder why you keep going round and round with the same struggles but rarely see any lasting change—if you wonder why you keep having the same frustrating conversations with the same people, over and over—the reason could come from the difference between fruit and root. But the answer comes from embracing your need for the Word—“living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword”—penetrating deeply enough inside until corrupted roots can be pulled up and replanted, and a steady crop of new fruit can be produced.
Take up this gift of the Sword, and let it do its powerful work in you.
Father in heaven, run me through with the Sword. Leave nothing untouched. Open what needs to be opened; reveal what needs to be revealed. I want to be so immersed in Your Word that it affects me on every level. So speak to me through it and rebuild my root system as only You can, enabling me to bear fruit that blesses others and glorifies Your name. I pray this in the matchless name of Jesus, amen.
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